Local Collaboration Supports a Low Emissions Future

| By Lauree Jones, Enviroschools Taranaki Regional Coordinator


Toko students take part in the Alternative Energy workshop

Enviroschools Facilitators and teachers in Taranaki have been busy unpacking what the year 2050 might look like, now that the Government has announced that no further offshore mining applications will be approved in the region and $27M will go towards creating a Green Energy Hub for Taranaki.

Students performing energy tests

This exciting news has led Enviroschools Taranaki to take a series of actions to keep the momentum flowing.

Tamariki and rangitahi put pen to paper to submit to the Taranaki 2050 Draft Roadmap (the Roadmap is the vision of Venture Taranaki – the region’s development agency – to work towards a low-emissions economy).


Selected students then attended the 2019 Just Transition Summit to discuss their submissions in a panel format with Jacinda Ardern.

Steve Bates from Upcycle Taranaki & Trashformers

Following this action, Enviroschools Taranaki delivered an open and collaborative workshop on alternative forms of energy, alongside numerous community partners.

The team worked with Sustainable Taranaki, New Plymouth District Council, and Andrew Hornblow (engineer and inventor) as Enviroschools demonstrated the Bike Blender (smoothie-maker), solar charging stations, windmills, magnetic electricity, the joys of steel wool, and loads of resources.

With a goal to limit the global warming increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius or below, Enviroschools Taranaki are making a great effort to #actlocallythinkglobally.